AFL: Hey BRASSICK! How are you? Firstly thank you for taking time for an interview. Can you short introduce yourself? Since when do you make music together? How many members you are and so on?
Brassick are a 4 piece punk band from Birmingham, England. We have been together for nearly 3 years now. The band consist of Jay Jay Khaos on Drums, Jake Cunningham on Bass, Peter Macbeth on guitar and Nicola Hardy on vocals.
AFL: You release your debut EP ‚Broke And Restless‘ in September 2013. I’ve read that you have plans to release your full length debut. Can you tell us more about it? What can the listeners expect on it?
We have a special limited edition digipack version of the album out now. Which includes 11 brand new tracks, our first EP ‘Broke And Restless’ and a bonus acoustic track.
And the regular 11 track version coming out this autumn. So this will be available on our upcoming tour of Germany. It’s also available through all online streaming and downloading sites (including ITunes, Amazon MP3, Spotify and many more).
We produced the album ourselves recording it in different houses and studios, where ever we could really. It has a broad range of influences from fast hardcore tracks to bouncy sing along ones combined with a strong message which is anti-capitalist, pro peace and against discrimination.
AFL: Which bands and music do you count to your influences and how would you describe you music? Which three words fit best to BRASSICK?
We have so many influences from Punk and Hardcore to Reggae, Ska and Hip Hop. As a band formed in the Birmingham Punk scene we have taken influences from many of the artist and friends in the area. The likes of GBH and Drongos For Europe have really help us along the way.
Best 3 words would be either „Open Your Eyes“ or „Open Your Ears“, though we personally prefer to use both!
AFL: Where else does the band usually get its inspiration from? Which themes you’re treaded on your new record?
The social and political environment is something that heavily effects our music and lyrics, as well as worldwide issues and events like war and poverty. We believe everyone is born equal and deserves a fair chance, we stand heavily against any form of bullying or discrimination and like to let this show in our music, our image, and in the way that we treat others in general, it’s not difficult to show respect and be kind to others!
[…] we stand heavily against any form of bullying or discrimination and like to let this show in our music, our image, and in the way that we treat others in general.
AFL: On 14th October starts your European mainland tour. What are you looking forward most?
We’ve never been to Germany before; it’s a big step not only for our band but for us all as individuals! We can’t wait to meet new people and make some new friends! We are looking forward to bringing our music, and our message to a new country, hopefully this tour will be the first of many in Germany and beyond.
AFL: The tour was booked by Subkultura Booking from Germany. How came the contact between you and Subkultura?
We were introduced by a good friend in the UK to Nico and Subkultura online, and it went from there! We wanted to come to Germany and they wanted to have us so it was perfect! Subkultrura work with some great bands and we are happy to be a part of what they do.
AFL: What means Punk for you?
Punk to us is all about individuality and being comfortable within yourself. Its about family, sticking together through hard times and enjoying the good times through a common love of music and peace.
AFL: What are your favorite bands and records at the moment?
There are a lot of awesome new bands in our own country at the moment , particularly amongst the younger artists. Bands like Roughneck Riot, The Brandons and The Autopsey Boys and our close friends Angry Itch have just released a great debut album „Champanzee”. It’s great to see so many younger punks making great music!
Jay and Jake play in several other bands together and we also put our own (punk) shows on in our hometown. Jake is a Music Producer, Pete is a Graphic Designer and Nic works in Child Care. We enjoy spending time with our families and friends, drinking, watching live music and making the most of what we have!
AFL: What are your plans for the near future and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Our plans including touring our new album, a return to next year’s famous Rebellion festival next year for our 3rd appearance, writing some new music and playing in as many places as we can.
AFL: Final words and greetings?
Cheers! Looking forward to seeing you in October!